Day 5 Hexie Queen Blog Hop---my day!


Well, it is my day to show what I have made up for the Hexie Queen Blog Hop, along with 10 other eager participants listed below.  As always our special thanks goes to Mdm. Samm of sewwequilt  who dreams up these wonderful themes. A big shout out of thanks goes to our head cheerleader this round, Debby who blogs at  Debby Kratovil Quilts.  THX for letting me join in the fun!  Hooray for Connecting Threads being our sponsor too!  I have to say that they are one of my favorite online vendors.  Since I blew through the small spools of looper thread playing with my new serger, I will be placing an order soon.

Monday, August 26
  
Nunu’s Quilt World

I have made a couple of things to share this time around so I guess I'll show them in the order they were made.  That makes sense to me, anyway.

I have a thread catcher that my mom made me years ago that was looking a little dated and worn. Okay, I will confess that I "killed" it to get the tile out of there!  My girlfriend Norma had made some sewing room accessories a few years back in my beloved 30's reproductions so I think you know where I am headed?   I had admired the lovely dresden plate pincushion/thread catcher on Curry Bungalow and had gotten the pattern. The more I looked at the plate part of her design, the more I thought that perhaps I could substitute a hexagon in its place re-sizing if necessary.  Y'all know how to draw a hexagon from a circle any size you want, right?  HERE is a link if you don't and three ways to do it.

Between a run through Pinterest and Google, I found a Hexie Pincushion at Feed Dog Designs originally set up for an AccuQuilt Go die.  I tried it making the pieced block first.  It might work.  After reading the pattern directions for the thread catcher I knew it would work in the available space. Then I hand dyed some white rick rack making it a pale yellow to use instead of the pom pom thread used in their example. Here is the detachable pincushion so you can hopefully see the block a bit better.



And here we are in a posed shot with my other accessories.   I increased the size of the cuff, accented it with more hand dyed rick rack and did not use any boning using a heavier sew-in interfacing than originally called for.


And here it is, in its new home------



Next I turned my attention to making a small quilt from one of the Moda Honeycomb packs I had recently picked up from a nearby quilt shop.  I used the "Juggle" Pattern designed by Camille Roskelley for thimble blossom.   I know you have probably seen it on the Moda pages or her blog.   Well, here is my version on my kind neighbor's fencing (when I moved the water jug a little green lizard about the color of my background popped out at me!)



I used some Connecting Threads (told you I love them!) "Sapling" colored Quilter's Basic Mirage for my background fabric for a more 30-40's vintage look.  I added one more column so my resulting quilt finishes around 46 x 52 or so, not quite square.  The original calls for 45 charm piece or subbing out some pieced  blocks giving you a template for cutting more. Mine has 52 hexies in it. (The pack has only 40 in it).  Not only did I use most of the "Happy Go Lucky" charm pack but I added in some of the fabrics I had gotten with past birthday purchases from Bonnie and Camille's "Marmalade" and  "Vintage Modern" lines.

To be truthful, I struggled more with dealing with the same prints but in different shades landing in the same approximate area and trying to separate the colors. I did not think that the template was correct in my pattern printing either so I cut them over-sized and trim them down.  In the end they landed where they landed.  I was not dismantling it anymore to try to replace one here or there.  Or trying to work around the fact that I reversed a row from where I originally planned.   See, I knew there was a reason why I do not often use pre-cuts!

Originally I thought that this might be a wall hanging to go with my Farmer's Wife Sampler should I ever progress past the 30 blocks of 111 needed.  (Last seen in Sept. 2012 HERE HERE and HERE .  It is on my list but then blog hops happened, LOL).  Meanwhile,  Skyler has been using it as a tunnel to run through or hide under------


OR as his afternoon nap spot once the pictures were taken!  He left plenty of black hair on the back while I was trying to finish the binding last week!



I guess that you could consider making this little "Juggle" quilt practice.  I do love how hops are good for jump starting an old projects too.  I drug out a long set aside pile of finished Hexagon Stack and Whack blocks from a class taken at a Birmingham (AL) area quilt shop with several friends from my small quilt group. A friend who took the class with me said she had completed hers back in 2002 so that helps in dating it.  We used a pattern in Bethany Reynolds book though I changed the background to one color as well as the methodology for joining them too.  No pieced equilateral triangles in the background for this girl!   I blogged about having that one stuck away back in January 2013 if you want to see the blocks a little better.   Well, this puppy is completed to flimsy----not a fresh project when all but 3 blocks of it were made 10-12 years ago!!  LOL  (I did show it in progress last week on my blog.)


The leftover blocks went on the backing---I didn't order enough from Connecting Threads!.  In the end I needed the extra width another column of blocks gave.



Lastly, I made one block of the Atkinson Designs Hexie Garden in my beloved 30's prints to try out the pattern.  The same quilt shop I visited recently had the pattern in stock.  I do not own the same ruler set that she advises for cutting hexagons, 60 degree diamonds or 60 degree equilateral triangles. I used the Marti Michell set up that I do have and she measures the finished size of the hexies, not the height of the block.  That may have made a little difference.


The block sections finished about a 1/4 inch larger in height anyway and I assume, proportional point to point.  This thing looks huge to me at about 13.5 inches. I laid it out on my bed to see if I liked it any better and you see how large it looks in comparison to my standard pillow.  Maybe it will become a bed runner as I don't think I want a full bed quilt made with this big a block.  Nine inch blocks would be good maybe but I want a lighter, brighter background as well.  The center is supposed to be the same color as the background.  I just like yellow, LOL.

And there you have it.  I appreciate your stopping by and hopefully, commenting.  Enjoy the rest of the hop!


Comments

  1. Love your hexies from teeny to big! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Love your pincushion, and love love the quilt. Kitty seems to be enjoying it as well! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. I love your quilts!
    Great work.

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  4. Love your quilts! And obviously so does your kitty. The pincushion project is so cute, I need to work on a set like that for myself. Beautiful work!

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  5. Skyler is so playful - he knows quilts are to have fun with! Beautiful workl

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  6. So many fantastic hexie projects.

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  7. I love your projects. The pincushion is not only very pretty, but a pretty good idea too! The first quilt is lovely and worth a try..... The second quilt is extremely beautiful. I love the colours of this one. Beautiful. Your bed runner (or pillowcase, whatever it will be) looks great so far. Keep us posted on what it becomes in the end. Well done!

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  8. Seriously lovely hexies going on here. Very nice work!

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  9. The pincushion is adorable...and your quilts are lovely...very nice job.

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  10. All your hexie projects are so lovely and the pincushion is adorable. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this blog hop

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  11. Fabulous projects - I especially like the first quilt!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Great projects. You are truly a hexie queen. I have some of those hexie packs from Moda. Haven't tried them yet, though. Your quilt is lovely.

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  13. Great projects - love the quilts - thanks for sharing.

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  14. Lovely thread catcher!
    And your quilts are beautiful too,
    thanks for sharing!

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  15. Linda your thread catcher is darling...I have that pattern but have never made one. And I love, love the small quilt. That green background is exactly right. blessings, marlne

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  16. I agree with Marlene...everything is just gorgeous!!

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  17. Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Ohhh my Linda....what giant hexies you made...they are all unique, and just out of my mind delightful..wow

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  19. I love that pincushion, and your quilts are wonderful!

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  20. Many good projects! Someday, I'll make a threadcatcher... I really need one!

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  21. Wonderful goodies you've made Linda, Skyler is adorable !

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  22. Great projects!! I've never made hexies before but there have been some awesome ideas in the hop... love the idea a giant hexies too!!

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  23. I love your projects. Glad you got the Stack and whack to the flimsy stage . It is beautiful.
    xo jan

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  24. Pretty hexis here, glad you shared them with us today!!

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  25. Beautiful projects. Love your stack and whack. Great finishes!

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  26. Very nice projects that you are sharing.You are very creative. Thanks for sharing

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  27. Beautiful projects! You were very busy!

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  28. Fabulous pieces!!!! Love all of them!

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  29. Wow so nice your quilts. I love your fabrics.
    Fabulous. Thanks for sharing

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  30. nicely done! great photos as always and love all the back story you included.

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  31. Your quilt is beautiful and love your Hexie pincushion.

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  32. Congratulations for being a top pick today! Your quilt is gorgeous! I also love the pin cushion/thread catcher and your Stack and Whack quilt.

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  33. Great projects! Your Hexie pouch is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. So many wonderful hexie projects and they are all so beautiful! Love the Stack and Whack quilt!

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  35. Wonderful projects and your kittie is so darn cute!

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  36. Beautiful projects and I always enjoy seeing the cats helping or enjoying the quilts too! I love the back of your quilt too. I think it is great that we are adding something to the back to make it fit the front and it turns it into something just as pretty as the front.

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  37. Well done. Lots of little lovelies. Congrats-Skylars quilt deserves to be a winner.

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  38. That quilt is beautiful. I love the fabric choices, and it looks like Skylor likes them too. The pincushion and bag...not that is a great idea. I really need one of those. Gives me an idea for the next hop.

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  39. Wow! You out did yourself, Linda. Once again. LOL Your thread catcher is so pretty. Love the colors you used. You taught me about the 30s prints, and I, too, love them. The quilt is awesome and the top is beautiful. Great job!

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  40. Sew fabulous! I love all your beautiful hexie projects. My favorite is the Happy Go Lucky/Marmalade with the sapling background. No wonder Skyler has claimed this quilt. Smart kitty! ... :) Pat

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  41. Very cute thread catcher.

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  42. Lovely thread catcher and fabric choice. I really love your Juggle quilt. So vintage looking.

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  43. Oh My Gosh Linda. I love love love your hexie quilt. That is my favorite of all the hexies I've seen so far. Great quilt!!

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  44. Hiya Linda!!! I just love your hexies---the thread catcher and all the quilts are just lovely. That last block would make a fantastic pillow, just needs a little border on it---so pretty. Thanks for sharing. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  45. Beautiful projects! Looks like they are cat approved too :*) I love your pin cushion/trash bag combo.

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  46. I love your tread catcher I need one of those. Your Kitty helper is cute too! Nice Hexing :)

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  47. Lovely hexie projects, Linda! I'm in love with your version of "Juggling" and that pretty little pincushion.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Great projects!!! Didn't realize the Stack and Whack was a hexie too:) Thanks for letting me know:)

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  49. Love your little pin cushion and thread catcher. Really pretty hexie quilts too. Oh so much time!

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  50. OH I just love the pin cushion and the thread caddy...or I should say caddies...your hexie quilts are wonderful...!

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    1. Looks like you are coming back no reply blogger so I will thank you here for your lovely comments and the visit. I hope you saw the vintage look I was going for with the small quilt in spite of my struggles with not so scrappy fabrics?

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  51. All of your projects were very lovely and I enjoyed seeing them so thanks for sharing

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  52. Great projects you shared today. Sweet little pincushion - I like that and want to make one. And your two quilts are so lovely. I made a similar Stack 'N Whack out of hexagon cuts, but not using Stephanie Reynolds' technique. It's so fun to see all these hexies!

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  53. I love the stack and whack hexie quilt. I've done a one block wonder in the same style and just love how they turn out, plus it's purple!

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  54. I love all of your projects, especially the stack and whack hexie. I will definitely be checking it out. Beautiful work!

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  55. Looks like your quilt has already been claimed by a new furry owner!

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  56. Your pin cushion/thread catcher and quilt are awesome. You've been very busy to prepare for this blog hop.

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  57. Very nice projects. You worked very hard to get ready for this hop. Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Congrats on a top 2 finish. I'm having trouble writing this post as one of my 2 kitties is "helping." I can only imagine the black hair on your beautiful quilt. The cat hair has been playing havoc with my allergies this summer. Your projects are absolutely amazing. Your quilt from the precuts+ is beautiful. I don't use many precuts. You did a wonderful job. I'm glad to see you pulled out an old project and finished it. It is gorgeous. I learn so much from the hops. I have a fabric for a one block wonder (stack and whack) quilt and have yet to start it. Seeing yours makes me really want to do it. Thanks for participating and showing and sharing your amazing projects. Again, congrats on a top 2 finish - well deserved.

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  59. Wonderful projest with your hexies. Congratulations on being a hexie queen for the day.

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  60. Linda, what great projects! I love everyone of them. You are so awesome. The Stack n Whack turned out great! (by the way, I think Skylar is a very wise "advisor". lol
    Cheers
    maggie

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  61. Amazing how many projects you made. Love the thread catcher and the pincushion. I love ric rac so I think that was a perfect fit. Wonderful quilts - gorgeous.

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  62. Love all of your Hexie's projects. So amazing all of the things you can do with the little guys, so many directions,so little time.

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  63. Great projects!! Your pincushion is so cute. I love your quilts!! Great!!

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  64. Love the hexie quilts. Your kitty sneaking a nap while your taking pictures is too cute.

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  65. I love your quilts, your kitty is good at holding things down just like mine is. Beautiful projects.

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  66. Beautiful projects! I love the pin cushion - very clever and wonderful choice of colors!

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  67. Thanks for sharing all you talent and photos. This has been a fun hop.

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  68. Loved all your hexie projects! The pin cushion was really cute. I just love the quilt that Tyler is using. He's a very pretty cat. Of course I'm sort of prejudice because he looks just like my cat Popeye! He's always on whatever quilt I'm working on! Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Love, love, love all your projects!! Esp. the thread catcher. Really delicious eye candy!!

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  70. Great job on all your projects! That quilt is really beautiful!

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  71. Lovely projects there - I like Skylers quilt!

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  72. Such beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

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  73. Silly me - I started a new hexie project for the hop instead of finishing UFOs. You were able to finish/progress on several lovely projects!

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